How to Activate Full-screen Mode in Google Chrome

Hide distractions and see more of the page

Screenshot of Chrome in full-screen mode with Lifewire website onscreen

Tim Fisher 

Google Chrome full-screen mode hides distractions on your desktop, including the bookmarks bar, menu buttons, open tabs, and the operating system's clock and taskbar. When you use full-screen mode, Chrome occupies all the space on the screen.

Full-screen mode displays more of the page but doesn't make the text larger. To make text larger, use the Zoom setting.

Enable and Disable Chrome Full-screen Mode in macOS

For Chrome on macOS, at the top-left corner of Chrome, select the green circle to go to full-screen mode, and select it again to return to the full-size screen.

Screenshot of green dot in upper left of full screen Chrome window in macOS

There are two other options to activate full-screen mode:

  • From the menu bar select View > Enter Full Screen.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Command+F.

To exit full-screen mode, repeat this process.

Enable and Disable Full-screen Mode in Chrome in Windows

On a Windows computer, access the full-screen toggle through Chrome's main menu.

  1. In the top-right corner of Chrome, select the menu (three-dot) icon.

    Screenshot of Chrome web browser more three dots menu in Windows 10
  2. From the menu choose Zoom. Then, to the far right of the Zoom buttons, select the square icon.

    Screenshot of fullscreen button in Chrome options in Windows 10
  3. To return to standard view, press F11 or hover near the top of the screen and select the + button that appears.

How to Zoom In on Pages in Chrome

If you don't want to make Google Chrome display full-screen mode but instead want to increase or decrease the size of the text on the screen, use the Zoom buttons.

  1. In the top-right corner of Chrome, select the menu (three-dot) icon.

    Screenshot of Zoom tool for individual Pages in Chrome on Windows 10
  2. Go to Zoom and select + to enlarge the page contents or select - to reduce the size.

  3. Alternatively, use keyboard shortcuts to modify the size of the page contents. Hold down the Ctrl key on a PC or the Command key on a Mac and press the plus or minus keys on the keyboard to zoom in and out respectively.